Snowden: Manning Preferred Principles to Freedom at Expense of Collaboration With US Authorities

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Former military intel analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered to be released from federal detention a day after a suicide attempt in her cell, with a US district judge asserting that her confinement no longer serves its “coercive purpose”.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, whom Russia granted political asylum in 2013 to protect him from US-initiated espionage charges, has eloquently zeroed in on Chelsea Manning’s recent release from federal detention, saying the authorities “offered to let her out in exchange for collaboration, but she chose her principles instead.”

“The government cast Manning into a dungeon for resisting a scheme to make publishers of news subject to the Espionage Act”, Snowden tweeted referencing whistleblower and former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning’s cooperation with WikiLeaks and her unconditional support for website founder Julian Assange, who is currently behind bars in a high-profile London prison.

US District Judge Anthony J. Trenga ordered Chelsea Manning released from detention on Thursday, a day after the ex-army contractor attempted to commit suicide.

As Trenga put it in his court order, Ms. Manning’s appearance before the grand jury – the condition Manning had been slapped with to be released – “is no longer needed”, which means “her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose”. However, she is still obligated to pay fines worth $256,000.

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